Updated May 31, 2013
NameCheap Review
Bottom Line

A company called might not inspire much confidence, but reviewers and users say NameCheap is one of the easiest places to buy and sell domains. The website's interface is easy to understand, and there's a manageable level of upselling, less than other companies such as Pricing is comparable with other well-liked registrars, and the company states that "you own the domain in your name."


Lots of extras included the first year. You get email and URL forwarding, security features including Whois privacy guard, and management control. Prices are competitive, though the advertised price does not include the annual Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) fee of 18 cents. Privacy protection with is an option, as are email accounts. Web hosting is also offered. NameCheap offers 24 top-level domains including all the most common ones and the popular .me extension.

ProsUser-friendly interface, Accepts PayPal, You own the domainConsNo phone or chat support, Occasional system problems
$10 Domain name registration at

Customer service

Straightforward website. Reviews say's sign-up is easy, and while there are advertisements for additional services and prompts to upgrade, it's not overbearing. Support is through email only, but there are good, although non-specific reviews of NameCheap's customer service.

Both and mention that NameCheap has good customer service but don't mention specifics. Rick Smith of says, "I have had some problems with their software, but have received a prompt reply (generally from the owner) within a day that completely resolved the issue." However, his review is from 2006. accepts PayPal, another plus.

Our Sources


Best Domain Name Registrars, Drew Prindle, Jan. 27, 2013 is included in this roundup of domain name registrars. The service gets a short write-up and is praised for its excellent customer service and low prices.


Five Best Domain Name Registrars, Alan Henry, Sept. 16, 2012

Editor Alan Henry says offers "stellar" customer service and affordable prices. Lifehacker readers voted NameCheap their favorite among the five services mentioned in this story.


Domain Registrars , Rick Smith, Aug. 11, 2006

This roundup outlines the domain registrars that Rick Smith has used -- some he recommends, some he doesn't. earns praise here for good pricing and prompt customer service, although we read some complains from users who had difficulty making credit card payments.


Where to Register a Domain, Jennifer Kyrnin, Sept. 16, 2009

In this short write-up, Jennifer Kyrnin of identifies as the best place to register a domain. She likes its ease of use and setup through a simple three-step process and appreciates its low level of upselling.


The Definitive Who to Switch to Thread, "Stub", March 28, 2011

In this web hosting themed forum, user "Stub" responds to complaints from members about their domain name registrars with a list of nine options. He says is easy to use and that they throw in some freebies, but he has concerns about their web hosting business.